Weight Loss

Douglas C. Walker, DO, PC

Family Medicine Physician & Med Spa located in Garland, UT

All of the misinformation going around about weight loss can add to your difficulty and stress when you’re trying to slim down. If you’re overweight or obese, Douglas Walker, DO, PC, offers personalized medical weight management to help you achieve your goals. To find out if you’re a candidate and start working toward health, call Dr. Walker’s office in Garland, Utah, or book your appointment on his website today.

Weight Loss Q & A

Do I need to lose weight?

During your regular physical exams, Dr. Walker notes your weight. If he feels that you would benefit from losing weight, he helps you explore your options for weight loss. Typically, a determining factor in the need for weight loss is your body mass index (BMI), a number calculated using your weight and height.

However, the need to lose weight isn’t based on your BMI alone: You may have lots of muscle that causes you to fall into the overweight range. Because of this, Dr. Walker examines you and asks about your lifestyle to determine if it needs a change.

If your weight is affecting your self-esteem, you may want to explore your weight loss options. Even if you aren’t overweight or obese, Dr. Walker can give you tips for how to live a healthier lifestyle.

What are the health benefits of weight loss?

Losing weight helps lower your risk of many health complications that come with excess body fat. If you learn new healthy habits and lose weight in the process, you can extend your life by avoiding conditions like:

  • Heart disease
  • Stroke
  • Some cancers
  • Diabetes
  • Sleep apnea
  • Arthritis
  • Kidney disease
  • Fatty liver disease
  • High blood pressure

You’ll also enjoy better mobility and more energy if you lose a significant amount of weight. You may also experience a healthier social life, sex life, mood, and body image. If your current weight makes you feel bad about yourself, your self-esteem may be reason enough to explore your weight loss options.

What does my weight loss plan include?

If Dr. Walker determines that losing weight would benefit your health, he works with you to create a personalized long-term weight loss plan and monitors your progress as you go. Your plan may include:

  • Nutritional counseling
  • An exercise plan
  • Weight loss medications
  • Bariatric surgery (in extreme obesity cases only)

After you’ve reached your target weight, you can lose the final difficult areas that won’t go away otherwise with SculpSure® body sculpting treatments. Keep in mind that this part of your treatment isn’t for losing weight: Rather, body sculpting gives you the shape you want and eliminates loose skin left over from significant weight loss.

If you’re ready to feel comfortable in your body again, call Dr. Walker or book an appointment online today to find out if you’re a candidate for a medical weight loss plan.